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Saturday 17 February 2024

Duet is everything we hoped for

I didn't expect anyone to find a way to make a new Ariana Grande bop that samples Madonna's "Vogue", with a music video that references Paula Abdul, any gayer and/or appeal directly to me. But a remix arrived Friday of "yes, and?" that features Mariah Carey belting lyrics like "say that shit with your chest" alongside Grande. If these two ever perform the track live together, I might have a minor cardiac episode. (I'm exaggerating. But I will be very excited.)

"Mariah Carey sings alongside other powerhouse vocalists" is my favorite genre of pop culture. The original VH1 Divas Live concert is a religious work in this house, and it's worshiped as such. And while the jaw-dropping finale riff-off with Carey, Aretha Franklin, CĂ©line Dion, Shania Twain, Gloria Estefan, and Carole King is rightfully iconic, the true vocal highlight is Carey's duet of "Chain of Fools" with Franklin.

Naturally, Carey's Oscar-winning duet with Whitney Houston, "When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt, has been brutalized by yours truly countless times, as I squawk and warble it throughout the apartment. I've also spent a shameful number of nights chasing down YouTube bootlegs of the pair singing it on The Oprah Winfrey Show, a performance that is as awkward as it is glorious.

This also isn't the first time Carey and Grande have collaborated. Grande and Jennifer Hudson joined Carey for a rendition of her holiday hit "Oh Santa" in 2021, a Holy Trinity of vocals that should have catapulted that track to the top of holiday charts each year alongside "All I Want for Christmas Is You".

There's one more Carey collaboration that I'm clamoring for after watching this year's Grammy Awards. The lovefest between Miley Cyrus and Carey - two M.C.'s - was so nice to watch, when Carey presented Cyrus with her first Grammy Award. Carey joining a remix of "Flowers" sounds so right to me.

(The Daily Beast)

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